Student Takes Gun to Bellmont High School

There are 8 comments on the Feb 21, 2008, WANE Fort Wayne story titled Student Takes Gun to Bellmont High School. In it, WANE Fort Wayne reports that:

Police say a 15-year-old freshman brought a handgun to Bellmont High School Thursday.

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Bellmont Grad

Terre Haute, IN

#1 Feb 22, 2008
I am sickened by the lack of concern by Bellmont Administrators as well as the local police chief over this matter. As much I hate to admit it, after spending four years in that very high school, the lackadaisical attitude taken by the administration does not surprise me one bit. With all the recent gun activities at various schools, one would think this type of matter would be taken seriously. Instead, in typical Bellmont fashion, this situation is blown off as "no big deal." How is a gun in a high school with ammunition included not a big deal? The administrators of North Adams and the police chief need to realize that just because Decatur is a small town, it is not in any way, shape or form invincible. Anything can happen in ANY town. The way this situation has been handled does not give me any reason to feel my family members that are in Bellmont every single day, are at all safe. The fact that no teacher was told about the situation shows how much the administration cares about teacher/student safety. These types of occurences, while never prayed for by any means, do occur and no school should be as unprepared as Bellmont was. It is my hope that the city of Decatur will come together in such a way to force North Adams to come up with some type of protocol that must be followed in any type of situation that could possibly cause harm to any faculty, staff, or student in the building. Saying a 15 year old had no intention of doing anything with a gun and ammunition that he brought to school is ridiculous and absolutely no one should feel safe based on that type of conclusion. I sincerely hope others do not take this situation lightly either and want action taken to better ensure the safety of everyone in the future.
Bellmont Staff

Linn Grove, IN

#2 Feb 22, 2008
Just wanted to let everyone know that the staff was not told of the situation either. We still have not been officially told anything. The only information we have to go on is rumor. In fact, one "rumor" that has not been put in print is that the student brought the gun and loaded clips to school to sell them. I'm finding it disturbing to see the whole situation reduced to a student being curious. This is not a 5 year old child we are talking about here.
The school was not put under lockdown because the situation was "under control". With what criteria did they use to determine that the situation was "under control"---a 15 year old that had just brought a gun and loaded clips to school? The only way to be reasonably certain of the situation is to follow the procedures set forth for a lockdown and search lockers and backpacks. The comments I have been hearing from students and staff sounds eerily familiar to all the other situations that have ended with dead bodies instead of a loaded gun and clips.
Lakeland Student

United States

#3 Feb 26, 2008
I was just at Bellmont last Saturday for the Winter spectacular [Show choir competition] And I never found out about this; not to mention no one at Lakeland High School in Lagrange, IN is talking about it. This is so unreal- They[Bellmont] should have been in a lockdown, regardless of their halfday schedule, and just because of Parent teacher conferences. Basically, from what I got out of this, Bellmont would rather care about keeping their schedule instead of the students. That's just wrong.

Since: Feb 08

Decatur, IN

#4 Feb 27, 2008
Lakeland Student,
How did you like the winter spectacular?
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Friend of Student

Waterloo, IA

#5 Jan 19, 2010
Hey..all the people who are bashing on my friend..you dont have a clue what the whole story is..yea he may of taken a gun to school but i know him to well.. he would have never hurt anyone..He was only taking the weapon from one household to another and happend to show it off to a few people..he 100% had no harmful intentions towards anyone in the school. He not one to intentionaly put people in harms way. I hate the fact that just because people watch the news and it says "Kid With Gun At School" that they think that the person has bad intent..yes it is a serious matter..but for the people that sit on the computer all day and talk crap why dont you go back to worrying about your own lives and leave things that you have no clue about alone.
Im sorry for his actions and he has payed the costs for the mistake he made...
ARE KIDIDNG

Fort Wayne, IN

#6 Feb 9, 2010
Wasnt it just a few months ago that students and former students of Bellmont took guns to rob a young man and killed him.
unknown

Mount Morris, MI

#7 Oct 14, 2010
hello i am a student at bellmont high school and i just wanted to say that the gun is the last thing you guys should be worrying about...especially when it aint loaded... There are far more worse things concealed in the bags and the lockers of my fellow students ...things such as mariajuana... I have brought more then 2 ounces of weed to schhol and sold it throughout the school day haah .. Its ssoooo easy dude for real... If only yall knew how bad of a city decatur is.... All us young people do is smoke out and have sex... Aint shit else to do.... And for those goody good kids who dont smoke or have sex...they go to local partys and get wasted just like the rest of uss.... Over and out

Since: Dec 10

Waterloo, IA

#8 Dec 16, 2010
I attended Bellmont High School in the 1990's and we did not even have student ID's. The 'clicks' ruled the school the popular kids could get away with anything, while the 'undesirables' were weeded out through unusual terms of suspension and ultimately, either were expelled or ended up quitting school not due to the need of education, rather the popularity contest that went on in that High School each day of classes. It is still behind the times, to doors remain unlocked to enter for anyone all hours that school is in session and the gun is a serious thing no one knows what is going through the mind of a 15 year old.

BHS in my opinion is more concerned about its popularity than following proper procedures in calling in the authorities and doing what the law says they should do. Allegedly the student was going to sell the gun, does anyone really know that or just word of mouth since no authorities outside of BHS were involved.

It is time that Decatur stops the ongoing popularity contest's and gets in touch with the real world of Today.

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